Childhood Champions (Book I & Book II) – A Review

Assalamu aleikum,

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I received these two books depicted above by Muslim Author George Green, and I enjoyed reading them alhamdullilah. I can’t wait for my son to be able to read them for himself one day insha’Allah.

Title: No Ordinary Day

Series: Childhood Champions

Publisher: Echo Books

Author: George Green is a passionate author/ motivational speaker from New York City who inspires with words and his dedication to giving back to the community. He overcame his troubled childhood by leaving the city to attend college at Auburn University. With the love and encouragement of his family, George earned his Bachelor’s degree with a double major in English and Psychology. You can learn more at his website here.

Synopsis: Eight year old Ibrahim and friends win a Quran competition, where the prize sees them scoring tickets to watch an exciting football game after their class is paid a visit by Hakeem Mohammed, a star football player from the California Spartans.Hakeem Mohammed and the California Spartans are in New York City for one of the most anticipated football games of the season.  Ibrahim and friends unite with Hakeem in the locker room to meet the team before the big game. Though their meetings with Hakeem were brief, he instilled a life long impression before going on to star in one of the most memorable games in football. This story unfolds in No Ordinary Day, the first book from ‘Childhood Champions’, a new series of stories about a group of Muslim children in New York City and their daily adventures.

Thoughts: While there is a strong Islamic theme woven through this story, it didn’t turn me off. The execution was well done. I’m also happy to see that my son can read this in the future and say, ‘Look! There is an American Muslim authored book with my name in it!’ Masha’Allah well done.

Rating: 5/5

No Ordinary Day is available here on Amazon.

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Title: The Project

Series: Childhood Champions

Publisher: Echo Books

Author: George Green

SynopsisThe Project is the story of Ibrahim and his friends, who are determined to work together as a team to win first prize at their school science fair. However, Yasin decides to make an effort to complete the project alone. This is a story of how much more can be achieved as part of a team than individually and the unexpected rewards that teamwork can deliver. This story unfolds in The Project, the second book from ‘Childhood Champions’, a series of stories about a group of Muslim children in New York City and their daily adventures.

Thoughts: I really like book 2 with the recurring characters of book 1. In this tome, Green makes it clear that it’s about teamwork. Consequently, these childhood champions get to find out that team work wins, always. The author did a good job catering to an often neglected market with buying power. In addition, it’s also about representation. Above all, I applaud the author for doing that most importantly.

Rating: 4/5

The Project is available on Amazon here.

 

Thank you for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

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6 Children Books To Have For Your Young Muslimah

Assalamu aleikum,

I always wanted to have a girl but Allah gave me a boy, and I’m happy with that. He knows best alhamdullilah. I have blogged about this topic here too. Now, I have a niece I treasure dear masha’Allah. Here are some books already on the list of books I have lined up for my Yankee muhajaba. Many have already been shipped to her even though she can barely talk. I always believed that we should instill the meaning of hijab to our Muslim girls from the get go without necessarily forcing it upon them. So about the list, check it out below.

1. Nanni’s Hijab by Khadijah Abdul-Haqq

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This book will be published by Djarabi Kitabs on January 31st insha’Allah. Keep an eye out for it. To give you more details, Nanni’s Hijab is the story of Nanni, a little girl who loves wearing her hijab. She wears a different hijab every day. Her classmates enjoy seeing all the colors and designs of Nanni’s hijabs, except Leslie. Leslie doesn’t like Nanni or her hijabs. She tries to bully Nanni for wearing her hijabs to school. Leslie humiliates Nanni in the school yard in front of all their classmates by snatching Nanni’s hijab off of her head. Nanni, not unlike any other Muslim girl, gets very upset with Leslie’s bullying. In her heart, she wants to fight Leslie, but she knows there has to be a better way. Instead of fighting, she goes home to think about the best way to handle Leslie’s bullying. Read about how she handles the situation. You can pre-order here.

2. The Beauty of my Hijab by F.A. Ibrahim

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We’ve read many books on the rewards and benefits of wearing hijab. Some were cliche in the way they presented hijab to the young mumina. This one was different. Even though it used elements of nature to pass the message, we didn’t feel the objectification tasteless. It was empowering, classy, and very smooth. The drawings and the colors are also very beautiful. I have a direct niece and insha’Allah, she will get my copy. You can get yours here on Amazon.

 

3. I Can Wear Hijab Anywhere! by Yasmin Ibrahim

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I Can Wear Hijab Anywhere is a 15 page children’s book aimed to children 3  to 5 years of age. We love that it’s inclusive of all races and a booster read to young Muslim girls who would love to wear hijab. The texts are simple and the illustrations are well done. I recommend it to Muslim parents. You can get a copy on Amazon or at Kube Publishing.

4.  The Princess and the Good Deed Umm Juwayriyah & Juwayriyah Ayed 

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The Princess and the Good Deed is a lovely book about being charitable and expecting our rewards from the Creator. It will teach children to have manners, to be charitable toward humans, animals, and the environment. It also gives a good sense of community involvement. In all, it also shows the elegance of Princess Juwayriyah.

 

5. Mommy’s Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

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This book will be released on April 3rd, 2018. It’s about ‘A young girl plays dress up with her mother’s headscarves, feeling her mother’s love with every one she tries on. Charming and vibrant illustrations showcase the beauty of the diverse and welcoming community in this portrait of a young Muslim American girl’s life.’ The theme color and the mom reminds me of The WB (Warn a Brother, just kidding, Warner Brothers, The Princess and The Frog ‘hijabised’ version of Princess Tiana. You can order a copy here via Amazon.

6. Zaynab’s Enchanted Scarf by Robyn Abdusamad

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Last and not least, Zaynab’s Enchanted Scarf The blurb goes as this :

Zaynab’s Enchanted Scarf teaches young readers about the historical contributions of Africans and African-Americans with beautiful illustrations that reflect the modernization of today as well as the past. Join Zaynab on a magical trip where she finds the courage and strength to find her way home.  In this book, which is part of a series, little Zaynab travels to Africa to meet Queen Amina, Mansa Musa and Egyptian Royalty Ramses and Nefertiti.

It’s available on Amazon here.

 

Who and what book can I add to this list? Please leave a comment below!

 

Jazak’Allah khair for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

Latest Muslim Children Books

Bismillah,

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Two of these arrived yesterday from CreateSpace, and we cut it a little close but we made it alhamdullilah. I loved all these manuscripts the minute I read them masha’Allah. I had to have them 🙂 subhanallah. So DKP accepted them all! There are four of the most creative and loveliest children’s book stories I have ever read mA! I pray we can find more stories like that for Muslim children insha’Allah. My son enjoys the illustrations for sure.

Little Blue Skater Boy : When Isa is asked to take biriyani to his Nanni’s house, someone decides to jump out at him and then tag along. A re-telling of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ with many twists.

Imagine : It’s bedtime! Yunus wants to talk but his sister Saarah goes on a imagining spree. She talks about animals, and dinosaurs and aliens as friends. She talks about sending an Eid gift to orphans and cooking extra meals in Ramadan for the poor, and a whole lot more! A fun, creative story, that also shows a loving sibling relationship.

Who Could I Be? Through the book, children will learn about animals and their distinctive features, and the repetitive use of questioning encourages them to use the clues to keep guessing and wanting to turn the page to find out what animal it is. Most importantly, it sheds light on and promotes the beauty of our Creator’s creations.

Kamillah the Butterfly : Kamillah is a caterpillar who is struggling to understand life’s changes. With a friend by her side and discovering a beautiful surprise at the end of her cycle, she happily accepts the biggest change. A lovely book any child can relate too. It will definitely leave little ones wanting to read it repeatedly.

Of course they are all 5 stars for me. Read them and tell us if they don’t deserve that rating ;)!

 

Jazakh’Allah khair for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

Imagine — Between Sisters, SVP!

Originally posted on shoohadakhanom: I’m going straight to the cover for this one. LOOK at this COVER! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH, Allahumma barik fiha 😍❤️ Now that the screaming is over LOL, and we’ve all said our Duah. I’ll start on the blurb.? “It’s bedtime! Yunus wants to talk but his sister Saarah?goes on an imagining spree. She…

via Imagine — Between Sisters, SVP!

Essential Books Teaching His 99 Names To Young Muminun

Bismillah,

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I thought of writing a children’s book with all the 99 names of Allah in it to make it comprehensive but I decided against it. Why? The book will go over the maximum page requirement for traditionally published children’s books. Besides, it will become very vague and not delve deeper in the meaning of the 99 attributes like I want.

Now, there are other books soon to be published and already on the market to teach our young believers all the Names of the The Creator (Al-Khaliq). Check them out!

1. Al-Khaliq (The Creator) by Zainab Jones

Al-Khaliq (The Creator) will be published soon by Djarabi Kitabs Publishing insha’Allah. The story follows little Abdulrahman also known as “Dahumie” as he uncovers that Allah created all that exist. It’s a very cute and fun story showing a love bond between a mother and her son masha’Allah. The author plans on writing 5 more books in the series bi’ithnillah. Masha’Allah! We pray that Allah fulfill her dreams and make them mubarak for her, ameen.

Susan Zainab Jones’ book 1 will be available on Amazon and here insha’Allah.

2. The One  by  Manaal Jafrey-Razaque

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“The One is a 32 page children’s book in The Fundamental Series of Author Manaal Jafrey-Razaque…The One will for sure help us raise young believers by teaching them 18 out of the 99 names of Allah. That said the book is not preachy at all. The drawings of everything Allah created are cute and inviting throughout the book. My son cooed with delight at the illustrations. It was precious masha’Allah…”— Papatia Feauxzar, A Ducktrinor Mom. Read the rest of the review here .

 

3. Allah Al-Aleem by Bint Abdul Hamid

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Allah Al-Aleem is a must have for young Muslim readers and young muminun. It exposes them early on to the qualities of their Al-Khaliq (The Creator)*. Children have so many questions. We try to answer them as much as we can and sometimes we fall short. For instance, “Mommy, why is the sky blue?” The answer to this question will not be a short reply to small minds…” — Papatia Feauxzar, A Ducktrinor Mom. Read the rest of the review here.

 

4. Al-Haseeb (The Accountant, the Reckoner, the Bringer to Account)?) by Moi!

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I’ve been working on this story for a while now. Insha’Allah when things slow down work wise, I’ll focus on getting it out insha’Allah. It’s befitting wouldn’t you say so *wink* ? I hope that with this story young muminun learn early on that they need to :

  • Take responsibility for their actions and reflect upon them daily
  • Strive to live an honest life
  • Seek constant repentance
  • Display good sunnah courtesy manners
  • Realize that Allah is sufficient for them and that they should only rely on him. Even though we are their parents, their ultimate loyalty should stay with Al-Haseeb insha’Allah.

 

Jazakh’Allah khair for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~